Education focused on related themes of healthy communication/sexuality/boundaries, rebuilding trust, and understanding sexual offending behaviour are provided to participants prior to joining the peer support group. Revive offers two groups for men who have both experienced and caused sexual harm.An Education group is also offered when there is an expressed need and the required number of participants. The groups promote healing and help men develop an inclusive understanding of their sexual lived experiences .
With pornography offenses it’s harder to “know” the victim, but impact stories shared in group, helped me understand that the proliferation of illegal porn is caused by demand of offenders….which leads to more victims.“Eighty-seven percent having had virtual sex was astonishing to us, but upon reflection it is very much a testament to the demographic we are dealing with,” says Gurza, of the 18- to 22-year-olds who responded to the survey -- many of whom grew up in an online world.“Given the Net has infused many aspects of their lives, it is only fitting that this would be extended to social elements of their interaction and by proxy to the sexual dimensions of their lives.” Is Pornography Addictive?“Primarily it was an opportunity to gauge the views of students nationwide on their views on sex, their sex lives, practices, and desires,” Gurza tells Web MD. “A number approximating around 50 percent was our expected guess.He posed questions like, how many times a week do you have sex? We knew it would be high, given that students were filling this survey anonymously and as such would feel comfortable being truthful about their sexual habits.” Gurza was surprised to find 50 percent wasn’t even close.And what does virtual sex have to say about the real deal? “The average person could participate without having to be technologically fluent.” For the “average person,” explains Weston, online sex offers a new option to an act as old as humans.
“This provides a good option to people who are not as sexually desirable because of their physical appearance,” says Weston.
The purpose is to assist group members in making healthier choices moving forward. Individual Support is available to help individuals participate in groups effectively.
To participate, people must complete an intake appointment and be ready to begin accepting responsibility for their actions. During this first support group, new clients learn about how and why sexual abuse occurs, the offence cycle, self-awareness, victim impact, and sexual offence prevention plans. People who have offended sexually meet weekly to discuss issues related to sexual offending, gain greater understanding of impact on victims, and to develop a sexual offence prevention plan.
New Technology, New Choices Email, instant messaging, the ever-handy text message via cell phone, webcam, chat rooms, and the tried-and-true telephone -- all the technologies of choice for those looking for virtual pleasure.
With a new generation well-versed in the language of high-tech love, what about those who think of an online world as foreign? “Virtual sex infiltrated the culture about five years ago when it wasn’t just the techies anymore -- it was anyone who was interested in this type of sexual stimulation,” says Louanne Cole Weston, Ph D, a board-certified sex therapist in Fair Oaks, Calif.
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